Encyclopedia of Adolescence

2011 Edition
| Editors: Roger J. R. Levesque

Transgender Youth

  • Jenifer K. McGuireEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_400


This essay begins with definition and clarification of the term transgender as it applies to adolescents. Next, the standards for diagnoses and clinical treatment toward sexual reassignment are addressed. Finally, the essay examines contextual factors and their links to well-being for transgender youth. The primary contexts examined in current research include family and school environments. Issues of well-being are described with a focus on health and mental health.


Transgender is an umbrella term to describe persons who identify with or express a gender identity that differs from the assigned birth sex (Merriam-Webster 2010). A variety of circumstances may be present for an adolescent who identifies as transgender. For instance, an adolescent may experience some desires to be like the other sex such as in clothing or other elements of presentation (hair, jewelry, etc.), but may not desire to change identity or anatomy or to live as the opposite sex. The term...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human DevelopmentWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA